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What the ocean is telling us about our impact on the planet

A photo of a motorboat traveling on Long Island Sound at sunset with a wake behind it
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The Terry Backer II, a boat captained by the Long Island Soundkeeper Bill Lucey of the nonprofit Save the Sound, makes its way across Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Connecticut River in Old Saybrook. This still was taken as part of Connecticut Public's release of "Cutline: Climate Change Along Connecticut's Coast."

This hour, we listen to a panel discussion that Khalilah hosted for The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut’s annual Nature Talks series. The discussion was called “Oceans: Our Global Watchdog.” It was recorded in front of a live audience at Grace Farms in New Canaan, CT. The panelists talked about topics like how some communities are disproportionately affected by climate change and why we need to act now to protect the planet. The guests were Dr. Sylvia Earle, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, first woman Chief Scientist at NOAA and Time Magazine’s first “Hero for the Planet;” Dr. Camille Gaynus, Board Chair of Black in Marine Science and Assistant Teaching Professor of Biology at Penn State Brandywine; Dr. Lizzie McLeod, Global Reef Systems Lead at The Nature Conservancy and Dr. Tiara Moore, Founder and CEO of Black in Marine Science and the Black in Marine Science Program Lead at the Nature Conservancy.

To learn more about the impact of climate change on our state, watch Cutline: Climate Change Along Connecticut's Coast.


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Kevin Chang Barnum is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio’s weekly show 'Disrupted.' Kevin grew up in Connecticut and started his radio work at his graduate university’s radio station, KUCI. He has also worked for HRN, a network of food and beverage podcasts.
Wayne Edwards is a freelance producer at Connecticut Public contributing to multi-platform productions, including ‘Disrupted’, ‘Where Art Thou?’, and ‘Cutline in the Community’.

Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an award-winning scholar at Quinnipiac University, author, and host of 'Disrupted' on Connecticut Public.
Meg Dalton is the deputy director of storytelling for Connecticut Public. She previously worked for The Takeaway from WNYC. She's also reported and edited for the Columbia Journalism Review, PBS NewsHour, Slate, Energy News Network, Architectural Digest, MediaShift, Hearst Connecticut newspapers, and more. Her audio work has appeared on ‎Mobituaries with Mo Rocca, WNYC, WSHU, Marketplace, WBAI, and NPR.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.